UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Science (thesis and coursework)

The Master of Science (thesis and coursework) is a research degree with a range of disciplinary areas that enhances students' knowledge in their chosen field of study through independent research, coursework units that include the literature review/proposal unit and an advanced coursework unit.

Disciplinary areas include: Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Science; Animal Science; Botany; Climate Studies; Conservation Biology; Ecology and Evolution; Environmental Economics; Environmental Management; Environmental Science; Genetics and Breeding; Geography; Geoscience; Hydrogeology; Marine Science; Mineral Geoscience; Natural Resource Management; Plant Production Science; Soil Science and Land Rehabilitation; Urban and Regional Planning; Water Management and Hydrology; and Zoology.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Science (thesis and coursework)
Award abbreviationMSc
Course code70630
Course typemaster's degree by thesis and coursework
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code058945E
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 year
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth), Albany
Domestic fee typeRTP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Patrick Finnegan

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take unit(s) to the value of 42 points:

S1, S2SCIE5590Literature Review and Research Proposal
S1, S2SCIE5721Master of Science Thesis (full-time) (36 points)
S1, S2SCIE5722Master of Science Thesis (part-time) (36 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group A

S1AGRI5501Advanced Breeding and Biotechnology in Action
NSAGRI5502Case Studies in Breeding and Biotechnology
NSAGRI5503Animal Production Systems
NSAGRI5504Organic Agriculture
S2BIOL5501Origins, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity
NSBIOL5502Managing Threatened Species
NSBIOL5503Sampling Techniques in Wildlife Research
NSBIOL5505Marine Neuroecology and Behaviour
S2ECON5510Consumer Behaviour and Demand Analysis
S2ECON5511Climate, Energy and Water Economics
NSENVT5502Marine and Coastal Planning and Management
S2ENVT5503Remediation of Soils and Groundwater
NSENVT5510Soil Dynamics
NSENVT5511Advanced Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Management
S1ENVT5512Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
NSGEOS5501Advanced Hydrogeology
NS, S1, S2GEOS5502Hydrogeology Industry Placement
NSGEOS5504Mining Hydrogeology
NSGEOS5505Multiscale Tectonic Systems
NSMING5501Applied Structural Geology
NSMING5502Exploration Targeting
N/AMING5503Ore Deposit Field Excursion
NSMING5504Advanced Ore Deposits
NSMING5505Mineral Exploration Data Analysis
NSPLNG5510Advanced Studies in Geography and Planning
NSPLNG5511Climate Change Policy and Planning
NSPLNG5512Regional Planning
S2SCIE5500Modelling Natural Systems
NSSCIE5505Global Change and the Marine Environment

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a relevant bachelor's degree with honours of this University, with a weighted average of at least 70 per cent in those units for which the results contribute to the calculation of the honours classification, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;


(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules


13. With approval of the relevant head of school, a student may be permitted to substitute a unit from Group A of the Master of Science (by thesis and coursework) (70630) options for the unit SCIE5590 Literature Review and Research Proposal.